October 1, 2008
Miner Checking Oil When Injured, Probe Finds
Government investigators say a critically injured coal mine mechanic was checking the oil level on a piece of equipment when a protective shield was lowered onto his head accidentally.
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration says 29-year- old Adam Perdue suffered massive facial fractures, lesions and bleeding in a preliminary report issued Tuesday. West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training spokeswoman Jama Jarrett says Perdue remains in critical condition.MSHA says Perdue was working on the cutter of a highwall mining machine when the accident occurred about 11 p.m. Sunday at Alex Energy's No. 1 Surface mine in Nicholas County.
A spokesman for Alex Energy's corporate parent, Richmond, Va.- based Massey Energy Co., did not immediately return a call Tuesday.
- The Associated Press
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